Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta shooting guard Kyle Korver will make his first All-Star appearance after the NBA named the Hawks sharpshooter an injury replacement for Heat star Dwyane Wade.
The Hawks, who hold a 7 1/2 game lead on top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 43-10 record, will be the first team to send four representatives since the Boston Celtics in 2011. Korver will join teammates Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford in New York.
Wade, who has been battling a hamstring injury, ruled himself out of the All- Star game with the hope of getting healthy for the second half of the season. Wade told reporters on Tuesday that he preferred Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight be named his replacement.
Korver is in the midst of one of the most impressive shooting seasons in league history. The 33-year-old is averaging 12.9 points and holds averages of 51.6 percent from the floor, 52.8 percent from 3-point range and 92 percent from the foul line.
If he averages a 50-50-90 shooting line for the remainder of the season, he would be the first player in NBA history to do so.
The All-Star game will take place on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.